Paul was concerned. He didn’t want the people he loved in Corinth to receive God’s grace in vain.
Is that even possible?
Remember Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seed? Only one out the four types of ground produced fruit. One had the Word snatched away and two others lost faith after it started to grow. Only one grew to maturity. It is heartbreakingly common to receive God’s grace and then lose it.
Paul didn’t want that to happen to the people in Corinth. God doesn’t want that to happen to us. He explains that serving God will encounter resistance, require sacrifice, change your life, and be misunderstood. It also means that we work with the power of God, the weapons of righteousness, and Word of Truth. The list that God had Paul write down is filled eye-opening, heart wrenching, nerve wracking, and inspiring.
Serving in God’s kingdom is amazing and it’s hard. With the current restrictions, we are spending more and more time separated from each other. We can’t do it alone. We need brothers and sisters in Christ to support us, encourage us, and to share our joy. We are far more likely to grow in faith when we grow together. We are far less likely to receive God’s grace in vain.
The apostle Paul wanted the Corinthians to share their hearts with him. God wants us to open our hearts to each other! We’re family!
Here is the link to our online worship: 2020-10-11 Pentecost 19
Here is the worship bulletin if you’d like to follow along: The-Nineteenth-Sunday-after-Pentecost
Here is the Announcements bulletin: 2020-10-11-Announcements-The-Nineteenth-Sunday-after-Pentecost
Quarterly Voters’ Meeting is this Sunday Oct. 18, after our 10 am Worship Service.
Men’s Breakfast is this coming Monday at 9am in the Church Basement. A Stewardship Committee Meeting will be held directly after at 10:15.
Lunch Bunch Will be getting together on Wed at noon in Peshtigo at Luigi’s
Many hands make for quick work!